1. D

    Current market for autumn bulling heifers

    Hi folks, just wondering what the market is currently like for autumn bulling heifers. Been told its pretty flat so considering selling my BFx bullers in the store market. Also been told there is a massive glut of in calf spring calving for sale, although I can’t imagine these would affect...
  2. JP1

    BCMS changes

    Just had the following non-descript email . Just hope my 3 girls keep their legs crossed on that weekend early in October so I don't infringe their reporting rules Rural Payments Agency CPH: Our ref: CTS changes (1.0) Dear Sir or Madam As you’re aware, cattle...
  3. Matt

    GS4 legume and herb mixes v's a PRG grazing ley

    The people who have planted a GS4 option how are you finding they are performing against a decent grazing ley? Drought resistance/tolerance better I assume? Take Nitrogen prices out of the equation as any crop that doesn't need that looks more attractive at present. we would be medium clay...
  4. K

    Need some advice please

    Hi All. I need some advice about what training course (s) I should take ? Please I am 50 years young . lol. And live in London and I have been an estate agent for 30 years. My dream has always been to work in the farming industry and especially a herdsman . I think maybe to late but still...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Autumn dairy sales return to Carnaross and Dungannon

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland On Wednesday (September 15) Carnaross Mart hosted Taaffe Auctions’ dairy sale, with the sale being the first chance for buyers to purchase freshly calved heifers and cows this autumn. The sale consisted of 139 lots made up of freshly calved heifers...
  6. Clive

    Fert prices vs fallow ?

    So at what price point for N do you fallow your farm ? early bought N which seemed expensive at the time now looks cheap, how about selling it on and taking a year out ?
  7. M

    Big variation in conception rates to AI bulls

    Hi, I’m new to AI’ing and I’ve been using different Holstein sires from various AI companies over the past year and a half and I’m seeing big variations in conception rates to different bulls and was wondering is this common? For example I’ve used 30 conventional straws from one bull with over...
  8. Agriland RSS

    Autumn-calving: Best practice for stomach tubing

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland Stomach tubing is the most effective way of ensuring a calf receives adequate and high quality colostrum shortly after birth. The autumn calving season has begun on some farms, while others will begin the calving of cows in the coming days and weeks...
  9. Agriland RSS

    Holstein UK Premier Herd award winners 2021

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Holstein UK Premier Herd awards have concluded, with first place this year going to the Davlea herd from the South West. Ian Davies and his son Max run the 140-head Davlea herd in Somerset on around 300ac of both rented and owned land. The herd are...
  10. L

    Light quarters.

    Have been doing some analysis on our mastitis rates etc as we have red tractor at the end of the month and want to be prepared for anything. it looks like we will end up treating fourteen cows for the season or just under 6% with a further 4 heifers coming in light in at least 1 quarter. I...
  11. Farm Business RSS

    Vets recommend new M. Bovis vaccine

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Vets across the UK have welcomed a new vaccine against Mycoplasma Bovis, with 95% of those surveyed recommending its use where the disease is present. The vaccine, which has been used in the US for several years, has since 2019 been assessed in a...
  12. A

    Dairy Herdsmen expected salary

    Hi there. I am currently a herdsmen on a local dairy farm (no accommodation provided) but an opportunity has come about for me to move to another farm with a 2 bed house for me to live in. I need your advise on what you would expect my salary would be with the accommodation and then without so...
  13. Agriland RSS

    Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

    Written by Rachel Martin from Agriland Northern Ireland farmers are costing themselves thousands in additional heifer rearing costs by calving on average four and a half months after the 24-month recommended target. Improving dairy herd genetics offers the potential to deliver a five-fold...
  14. Agriland RSS

    Research confirms the need for holistic approach to dairy nutrition

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland A series of Crystalyx-funded trials, carried out at a number of renowned international research centres, has confirmed the absolute priority for dairy farmers to meet the nutritional needs of their animals in a holistic sense. This principle holds...
  15. The Grinch

    Monster Cattle or Incorrect Passports ?

    Went to store sale at Leek on Saturday, couldn’t help but notice a run of cattle that were meant to be from 5 - 8 months old that looked more like 14 months. Am I missing a trick, is there some miracle feed out there ? Or maybe a miracle breed? Or do people just get their dates muddle up ? 🤔
  16. cookiesandwich9

    Calving/dairy placement

    I am a second year veterinary student at Harper and Keele looking for a 1-2 week placement during 3-9th January, 14th March-3rd April or summer 2022 July onwards (although this summer is a last resort if necessary)
  17. F

    Cash is King or Not?

    I don't often go shopping but today I wanted a new pair of sun glasses now that summer has arrived. The last basic ones I bought from Boots so I thought I would go back and find another £30 pair. Got to the till and handed over £30.00 cash and was told they only accepted card payments! Now I...
  18. crazy_bull

    Is a lumpy bag a reason to Cull?

    I’m not talking about the udders that are like a bag of spanner’s, they are an obvious red stripe (red means dead). what about the young ewes with the odd ping pong ball sized lump in the bag or one ‘tenticle’ feeling hard in the bag. Not really sure what to do with those. seem to have a lot...
  19. W

    Situation Vacant Herd person vacancy

    Exciting opportunity to join a small team as a herd person on a modern 200 cow Autumn calving farm situated near Caernarfon in North West Wales. Duties include milking, feeding, young stock rearing, tractor driving and general farm work. Must have a full driving license. Good knowledge and...
  20. Agriland RSS

    September’s to do list: Selecting sires, fodder budget and grass

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland Summer has come to an end, we have now entered September and autumn has begun. Now is a good time for autumn-calving farmers to get some jobs ticked off the to do list. Autumn-calving herds are entering an important time of the year on their farms...